Friday, October 21, 2022

The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of An Open Door by Anne Leigh Parrish, Served with Three Favorite Recipes for Deviled Eggs

Happy Aloha Friday! I am happy to be today's stop on a new novel by Anne Leigh Parrish, An Open Door. Accompanying my review are links to three favorite deviled eggs recipes, inspired by my reading.

Publisher's Blurb:

It’s 1948 and the freedom granted women by the Second World War is gone. Edith Sloan, earning her doctorate, is told by her law student husband to cancel her academic plans. His bright future requires a certain kind of wife: one in the kitchen making dinner for important guests. Frustrated and defiant, Edith leaves him but returns when his begging letters become too much. Trapped by marriage and her husband’s ambition, Edith struggles to find her footing and the means to her own survival.

Paperback: 270 Pages

Publisher: Unsolicited Press (October 4, 2022)

My Review:

I have reviewed several books by Anne Leigh Parrish over the last few years; poetry, short stories, novellas and enjoy her character-driven stories. I don't always like or even relate always to her characters, but they are always interesting. An Open Door is set in 1948, about three years after WWII, and Edith Sloan is on a "break" from her marriage to husband Walter. Edith has been staying with her aunt in New York City while Walter is getting his law degree at Cambridge. Edith was getting her doctorate when Walter returned from the war and wanted her instead to be a housewife and support him and be the kind of wife a rising young lawyer needs to get ahead. Edith  likes the freedom of living with her aunt, working and reading as she pleases but eventually, after a brief affair, she returns to Walter full of guilt. When that life isn't enough for her, she gets involved in owning a bookstore, mostly financed by the husband of a couple in their social orbit. 

An Open Door is about being a woman in the time after the war when the men returned and woman were expected to give up jobs and independence and be cast back into the home. Edith fights against this and wants the ability to find her own place in life and it is interesting to watch her grow and find her place. It's a quiet little book but it kept me engaged. Although nothing is really buttoned up at the end, I have hope that Edith is able to carve out a fulfilling life. 


Author Notes: Anne Leigh Parrish lives in a forest in the South Sound Region of Washington State. She is the author of the moon won't be dared; a winter night; what nell dreams; maggie's ruse; the amendment; women within; by the wayside; what is found, what is lost; our love could light the world; and all the roads that lead from home. 

Find her online at


There is food to be found in An Open Door, but unfortunately I didn't write any of it down! It was a crazy week. I remember spaghetti, and tea sandwiches, nuts, and I believe a roast. For my bookish dish, I decided to make deviled eggs which is something that Edith orders from a local restaurant for her drinks and visit with her aunt, her aunts friend and her son. I always love good deviled eggs so here are three recipes that are perfect for drinks and appetizers any time. 

 Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs inspired by Good Housekeeping   

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs with Capers and Dill Adapted from D'Lish Deviled Eggs by Kathy Casey 


 Curried Deviled Eggs By Deb, Kahakai Kitchen  

Note: A review copy of "An Open Door" was provided to me by the author and the publisher via TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.  

You can see the stops for the rest of this TLC Book Tour and learn what other reviewers thought about the book below.

Review Tour Schedule

Monday, October 3rd: @whatlizziereads
Monday, October 3rd: @spaceonthebookcase
Wednesday, October 5th: BookNAround
Thursday, October 6th: @thebphiles
Friday, October 7th: @abduliacoffeebookaddict23
Monday, October 10th: Girl Who Reads
Tuesday, October 11th: @mom_loves_reading
Wednesday, October 12th: @suzylew_bookreview
Thursday, October 13th: @fashionablyfifty
Friday, October 14th: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, October 17th: @lindahamiltonwriter on TikTok
Tuesday, October 18th: Bookchickdi
Wednesday, October 19th: @nurse_bookie
Wednesday, October 19th: Books, Cooks, Looks
Thursday, October 20th: @pickagoodbook
Thursday, October 20th: @tammyreads62
Monday, October 24th: Bibliotica
Tuesday, October 25th: @cmtloveswineandbooks
Wednesday, October 26th: @wovenfromwords
Thursday, October 27th: Run Wright


Thursday, October 6, 2022

The Book Tour Stops Here: A Review of The Secrets of Ohnita Harbor by Patricia Crisafulli, Served with Three Favorite Pasta Dishes

Happy Friday Eve! Really the best day of the week, especially when Friday is your birthday and you took it off. I'm happy to be today's stop on the TLC Book Tour for a new start to a cozy mystery series, The Secrets of Ohnita Harbor by Patricia Crisafulli. Accompanying my review are three favorite recipes using pasta inspired by my reading. 

Publisher's Blurb:

Amid a mountain of rain-soaked donations to the Ohnita Harbor Public Library rummage sale, Gabriela Domenici finds a small box that contains an odd-looking cross. When the carved center turns out to be ivory and a clue links the cross to Catherine of Siena, a medieval saint, Gabriela turns to her expertise as an authenticator of historic documents to lead the quest to discover the truth about this mysterious object. But the cross isn’t the only secret in town: first, a beloved Ohnita Harbor resident is found floating in the harbor and then someone else is murdered on the library lawn. As Gabriela races to solve the mystery of the cross, she discerns between infatuation and what could be the start of true love. All the while, she must stay one step ahead of the danger that slowly encircles her.

Publisher: Woodhall Press (September 6, 2022)
Paperback: 394 pages

My Review:

I like cozy mysteries, they are easy reads and great palate refreshers between heavier books. I also love it when they are set in bookish settings like libraries or book stores. This one is set in an a public library in a small harbor town in update New York. Gabriela Domenici has returned to town with her young son after her divorce and the death of her father to care for her mother. She's Director of Circulation and Head of Programing at the local library and is in the midst of organizing a rummage sale to help with funding as they await a referendum vote that will help them save and improve it when a mysterious ivory cross is left with the other donations. When Gabriela's former classmate and friend dies in the harbor, the police and her family think it was suicide, but Gabriela isn't so sure. Then mysterious things start happening and another resident is murdered and it all seems to be tied to the cross. 

I liked that Gabriela is 40, smart, and I didn't have to yell at her in my head about her choices as much as some cozy mystery main characters. I did yell at her for some other things--especially in the beginning, I found her to be somewhat judgy in regards to other characters and that annoyed me, but she ended up growing on me and I really enjoyed her mother, son and her potential love interest as well as some of the other secondary characters. The mystery was pretty good, I did have the killer figured out, but I was unsure of my pick until the reveal. The information about the cross and the process of authentication was interesting and gave the book depth. Overall, it was a good escape read and I will definitely look for the second in the the series. 


Author Notes: Patricia Crisafulli is an award-winning author. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northwestern University, where she received the Distinguished Thesis Award in Creative Writing. She also received the grand prize for fiction from TallGrass Writers Guild/Outrider Press for a story, Loon Magic and Other Night Sounds, for which she was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Patricia is the author of a collection of short stories and essays titled Inspired Every Day, published by Hallmark, and is also the founder of


Food is not really front and center in this cozy mystery but there were some mentions including casseroles, macaroni-n-cheese, Fried egg and green pepper sandwiches on Italian bread, coffee, granola bars and a banana, seafood Cobb salad, fish sandwich, iced tea, chicken and potatoes roasted in garlic, olive oil and herbs. 

Since Gabriela's mother is from Italy I decided to pair my reading with three pasta dishes I enjoyed-a pasta, pasta salad and soup. You can follow the links below to the recipes.


Caprese Pasta Salad from Giada De Laurentiis via The Cooking Channel is perfect if you are a caprese fan and love pasta salads too:

Alphabet Pastina Soup from Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis with it's fun pasta letters, it's the perfect vibe for a library full of books:

Note: A review copy of "The Secrets of Ohnita Harbor" was provided to me by the author and the publisher via TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.  

You can see the stops for the rest of this TLC Book Tour and learn what other reviewers thought about the book below.

TLC Tour Schedule:
Saturday, September 17th: The Cozy Book Blog – author guest post
Monday, September 19th: From the TBR Pile – author guest post
Saturday, September 24th: @abduliacoffeebookaddict23
Monday, September 26th: Bookchickdi
Wednesday, September 28th: @kristens.reading.nook
Thursday, September 29th:
Friday, September 30th: @fashionablyfifty
Monday, October 3rd: Laura’s Reviews and @laurasreviews_1
Monday, October 3rd: @kenzathome
Tuesday, October 4th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, October 6th: What is That Book About – author guest post
Thursday, October 6th: Kahakai Kitchen
Sunday, October 9th: Subakka.bookstuff and @subakka.bookstuff
Wednesday, October 12th: @thebookishalix
Wednesday, October 12th: @always_reading1
Friday, October 14th: @books.ashley.reads
Monday, October 17th: @welovebigbooksandwecannotlie
Monday, October 17th: She Just Loves Books and @shejustlovesbooks
Wednesday, October 19th: @booksandcoffeemx